by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Like most people I guess, I’m excited about the coming of a new year. Clean slates, fresh starts, new opportunities and new people. It’s funny when you’re someone like me – one of those NON-GOAL-SETTERS to see everyone already busy with resolution lists and goal charts. Yeah, that’s not me. I’m more of a ‘take the world as it comes’ kind of gal, and I like it that way. It gives me more freedom to roll with the punches, choose new paths, open new doors and see opportunities where I otherwise might not if I were focused solely on “the
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Not long ago I was being interviewed on a teleconference with a large group of sales professionals and the subject of GOAL SETTING came up. (I love when that happens!) It took me back to a time in my life where I did something so empowering for myself, so freeing and believe it or not, something I know to be one of the best decisions I ever made in opening doors to my success... I'll tell you all about it in this excerpt from my leadership interview with Michael Hyatt. Enjoy! Let me know your thoughts!
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Pssst...I’m going to share with you a little “inside secret.” “Motivational?” Wasn’t always my thing. Look, I LOVE what I do – I mean REALLY love it. Getting people fired up and eager to embrace and adopt change in their lives. Watching those “light bulbs” go off when I’ve said just the right thing to get them off of the fence and into an action plan that can change the course of their career or even their life. That’s good stuff – right? But I fought the “motivational” part of it. For a long time. In my mind if you were a “motivational
How to Separate the Friends-in-Need From the Drama Magnets By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta If you’re like most folks, there’s probably someone lurking in your life who is what I call a “drama magnet.” Oh you know them. They suck you in and bring you down and rob you of valuable time and energy. Sometimes you can even feel them coming can’t you? Those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up as a way for your subconscious to yell WARNING! It’s time to ditch the drama. First of all, I’m not saying everyone who tells you their troubles is a drama magnet. Far from it.
By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta & Syndicated Columnist Julie Escobar Listen. We’re big fans of change. Connie’s a motivational speaker who travels the world, more often than not helping companies, organizations, associations and people ADAPT and leverage change. Julie was an early adopter of social media and in the speaking and training industry for years. We feel your pain. You’re disgruntled. Confused. Unsure. Ticked off even. It’s understandable. Change – well at least the way you just experienced it – is a tough pill to swallow. So let’s break it down. Here are
Six Top Tips to Being a Speaker They Will Remember….in a Good Way! by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta So, you’ve got to give a big presentation huh? Stand up in front of everyone and try to act cool and nonchalant—as though you had done this a million times before. But inside you know better…and you are just waiting. For “it” to show, whatever your “it” is. Saying “um’ a thousand times? Turning beet red? Mouth dry? Perspiration? Forgetting whatyou are going to say next? Don’t worry – that’s normal! Believe it or not, after 25 years and 60,000 people a year, I still get nervous.
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Reality: Leadership is a powerful privilege--open to everyone, regardless of title or job description. Leadership is about how you CHOOSE to live your life. Often people tell me that they would hate to do what I do—speak to thousands of people every year. And I get that. In fact, research shows that 85% of people rank public speaking as their #1 fear, with death coming in as #5 and drowning #7. Think about that one for just a minute. That means that most of you would rather have me come into your house, hold your head under water until you were dead—than
by Motivational Speaker and Executive Coach Connie Podesta I just hung up the phone with a coaching client who made this statement: “Connie, I am comfortable selling anything…except myself. That part – is HARD.” As much as I understood her feelings, I was also very concerned about her future success and job security. (FYI—she gave me permission to use “her story” for this blog. I NEVER share secrets from my clients.) I’ll share with you what I shared with “Mary.” There has never been a more for us to SELL OURSELVES, validate our worth and demonstrate how much we bring value to the
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta All Right - Just Quit It! Stop trying to fill every minute with something to do. Don’t confuse simple contentment with BOREDOM. Listen, we all probably can agree that it’s a fast-paced, go-go-go world that we live in. The demands are high and the time management is a MUST. Don’t miss this thought though…You MUST also make time for YOURSELF. A walk in the evening, lunch with a friend, 30 minutes with your favorite book, watching a TV show you enjoy, listening to music, or just sitting on your favorite spot just thinking about nothing…these are all
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Before we go any further, let me just say this: I hate to exercise. I love dessert. And I am just a teeny bit proud of my type A, always-on, overachiever, tad-compulsive personality. So how did someone like me end up at Hilton Head Health for seven days where exercise is the agenda for the day, daily meals and snacks total 1200 calories, and s l o w i n g down and focusing on the moment is the name of the game? This is definitely NOT a place where you would usually find me hanging out. But...I also can no longer avoid the pull of gravity on my body or